IUMA: Ophelia x
Christian (vocals, guitar, synth, drum programming, bass) - Matthew (guitar, vocals, bass) -
Narrator: With every new decade there comes along a band, or an artist, who can claim it as it's own and this new decade and millennium is no exception. Such as time passes so does evolution, and with that a new breed of pop superstar enters the mixture.
LAKE, the brilliant debut album from an even more dynamic band, delivers songs fully loaded with swelling and cascading emotion. It has all the ingredients to make it an instant favorite.
Enter Christian and Matthew
Christian: I was just kicking about in the fall of 1994 working on some of my own ideas and Matt brought up that we should get together and jam. I didn't think he was that serious so I kind of dismissed it up until we finally got together in February 1995.
Matthew: My band had broken up, well it kind of just faded away, and I was looking for someone else to play with. I knew Chris had a bunch of equipment and we were both into listening to the same genre of music. So I stopped over a few times in February and we just wrote and played to what each of us already had, not worried about actually writing. We wanted the music and ideas to flow subconsciously.
Christian: It was probably the third time we had gotten together, we were getting ready to pack up and it was Matt's idea to just go acoustically and create from the top of our head. So I set the tape recorder on and after trading off singing triads about 15 minutes later we had finished "She Don't Know". We were so blown away that just by letting it flow from us we could create something like that. From that moment on we knew the direction we wanted to go in.
Narrator: That moment, back in February had brought on a lot more experimenting and fine-tuning of their ideas and writing. Throughout the next few years they played with various musicians trying to inject some new spontaneity to their writing and find members to build up the band. Christian and Matthew still didn't feel they were ready to go full steam ahead though.
Christian: We must have had interviews with at least a couple people on each instrument except for synth. But right off the bat we knew none of them would work. We were with a bassist and drummer for a spell but it was getting to the point that obviously the way we should go about things was starting to clash so we said goodbye to both of them in the same month.
Matthew: After that we kept writing and it was at the same time we started to demo tracks for the album. It was October 1998 when we started laying down drafts of the songs. I wanted to play live but knowing we didn't have the material or members is when I started to kind of get frustrated. But Chris still had his vision.
Christian: Matt came and went a couple times but finally realized that what we had was something special.
Narrator: Now Christian and Matthew were ready to put all their force forward into the music. What has come of it has been nothing short of amazing and impressive. The styles, emotions, and influences they blend could be called innovative. Mixing elements of 80s New Wave with the attitude of 90s Britpop, they have created their own sound and style like nothing which has been heard of before.
Christian talks of the music industry today:
Christian: Even with most albums that come from the heart they are still manufactured. They're geared towards a particular audience. We are not for any particular audience except the human race.
Narrator: Pulling from such influences as The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Doors, Duran Duran, Inxs, James, and REM, along with their own passion and enthusiasm, creates an exciting style for the new millennium.
If they are anything like their predecessors, Ophelia will have much to offer and be around for a very long time to come.
Ophelia believes that one band can't change the world, but one band can start a revolution. Are you ready?
Narrator: Future scenes and acts have yet to be written, but only time will tell what the future holds for these two dynamic stars.
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